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  • Obama must not allow a default

    Obama must not allow a default
    In spite of opposition by 72 percent of the American public, Republican members of the House of Representatives have driven the government, and possibly the economy, over the shutdown cliff. More ominous is their threat not to agree to an increase in the national debt ceiling in two weeks, an unprecedented move that would put the United States — until now viewed by the world as the ultimate safe haven — into default. Such a default, even if resolved, would not only complicate the ability to finance the U.S. government and increase its borrowing costs but would also speed up a shift away from the dollar as the primary reserve currency and the United States as a place to invest. In short, it would represent an epochal shift in the status of the United States in the world.
  • Who should be the next Federal Reserve chair?

    Who should be the next Federal Reserve chair?
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke plans to step down when his term expires at the end of January — if not sooner — and President Barack Obama is expected to nominate a successor this fall. Right now, the front-runners appear to be former...

    Term up for Social Security Administration's commissioner

    Term up for Social Security Administration's commissioner
    President Barack Obama is expected to soon nominate a new head of the Social Security Administration, replacing an incumbent appointed by his predecessor, George W. Bush, but the White House is mum on who should take the helm at the agency, which faces...

    Bush deserves the criticism he's getting

    Bush deserves the criticism he's getting
    When I read Stanley J. Glinka's recent letter defending the presidency of George W. Bush I wanted to laugh, but it was 6 a.m. and I did not want to wake up my still sleeping wife ("Stop blaming Bush," May 1). Now I know how people like Michele...

    America lags on plain speech

    America lags on plain speech
    The Internet is changing how leaders talk. Leaders from Rome to Beijing and beyond are helping usher in a new era of plain speaking. But American leaders are lagging behind, stuck in old patterns of windy and obfuscatory speech. Around the globe, what's...